Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Community Foundation Invites the Public to “Saving Our Sons: A Community Conversation”


20 years after the civil unrest, Black male youth are more at risk than ever

LOS ANGELES – California Community Foundation (CCF) invites parents, educators, employers, community, civic and religious leaders, and all concerned members of the public to participate in a historic town hall on the need to change and improve conditions for Black male youth in Los Angeles that are adversely affecting their futures. “SAVING OUR SONS: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION” will take place on Wednesday, May 2, at 6 p.m., in the North Tent at Los Angeles Trade-Tech College (LATTC), 1937 Grand Ave., Los Angeles. More than 200 people are expected in attendance.

Twenty years after the civil unrest in Los Angeles, Black male youth have significant challenges related to their educational and employment prospects. Additionally, while Black male youth make up 10 percent of L.A. County’s youth population, they comprise approximately 33 percent of all youth under probation supervision.

The event on May 2 is supported by Brotherhood Crusade, Community Coalition, Liberty Hill Foundation, Los Angeles Urban League, Youth Justice Coalition, Youth Mentoring Connection, the Office of the Mayor, and the City of Los Angeles, and will feature a personal appearance by actor and activist Larenz Tate (TV’s “Rescue Me,” and films such as, “Ray,” “Love Jones,” “Crash,” and “Menace II Society”).

The much-needed conversation in South Los Angeles will culminate with the announcement of a major new initiative by CCF with the support of a community advisory committee. Called BLOOM (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Black Men), the five-year, multi-million dollar initiative aims to give 14-18 year old Black males hope, education and employment, and an opportunity not to be defined by their past.

Free parking for the event is available at the LATTC parking lots on Grand Ave. in between Washington Blvd. and 23rd St., or in campus lot F. People may register for the free event in advance, at www.calfund.org/sos.


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